March 20, 2012

How To Repair a Hole in Drywall

I'm sure a hole in the wall has happened to everyone at some point in time. Either you've knocked a door open too fast, got really angry and punched or had an existing hole you needed to cover up; anyway you look at it, you have to fix it. So in case you didn't know how to do it properly or wanted an easier method than we learned in 7th grade shop class, I took pictures for a step by step how to.

1) Find a hole. In this case, there was a phone jack in my guest bathroom I found out dated and unnecessary. Who even has a land line now a day?


2) Turn your hole into a square or rectangle. I needed to knock the plastic thingy out of the existing dry wall. I pried it out backwards and stuffed it down into the hole with the cords using a screwdriver. (That's what I"m trying to show you in the photo.) I used a razor knife to cut the hole into a more even rectangle.


3) Trace your hole for a template. I just grabbed a loose piece of paper and a pencil and rubbed the side of the hole to get a perfect outline.


4) Trace your template on a piece of scrap drywall. Make sure you leave at least a 1 inch border around the template.


5) Cut your hole patch out of the drywall scrap. Using a razor knife, carefully cut around the template you just traced. It's best if you cut half way through one side and then flip it over and cut the other half through the opposite side.


6) This step is tricky. You need to start cutting out the shape you just traced but DO NOT cut all the way though!! Just cut about half way through and then bend it a little bit so it breaks. Peel the drywall off the brown paper backing. Make sure you get it all off.


7) Put your new cut out in the hole You may need to modify the existing hole a bit with the razor knife. Just be sure you get a really tight fit. If it's too small and you messed up, you will have to start over.


8) Spackle Using a spackle knife and putty, slap some spackle down under the paper edge and all over the top. Scrape the area smooth and allow it to dry.


9) Sand Once it's dry, sand the area smooth. (I was a little impatient and painted around the area.)


10) Paint Finish your patch job with a coat or two of paint.


Pretty freaking easy!!! J was shocked when he got home. He tried to act cool and told me not to patch up anymore cords into the wall. I rolled my eyes because I wasn't about to use a plastic cover for a phone jack in the bathroom. I'll do that for the cable TV cords even though I think a TV in the bathroom is ridiculous.

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